Nestled in California’s wine country, The Lodge at Sonoma offers a winter hideaway in one of this season’s top 2024 destinations. Whether you’re still ringing in a brand new year or looking for a Valentine’s Day surprise, this Autograph Collection Resort balances community and convenience with the chance to disconnect. The lodge is minutes from Sonoma Plaza, which is home to historic buildings, restaurants, and much, much more. With easy access to the best of Sonoma and plenty of opportunities to recharge on the lodge grounds, you can’t go wrong with a winter visit to this wine country favorite.
Home to over 180 guest rooms, suites, and cottages, the lodge offers comfortable accommodations tailored to your taste. For a romantic getaway, consider reserving the Cottage Premier One-Bedroom Suite, which includes a fireplace, two outdoor patios, an outdoor tub, and charming touches like rocking chairs and private bikes for your use.
When you’re not touring town or enjoying a local vineyard, book a massage at The Spa at The Lodge at Sonoma. The Couples Spa Day Getaway Package is a great choice- this package includes an 80-minute couples massage that can be enjoyed as a pair, a private suite, champagne, a spa gift and lunch. Other spa treatment options include facials, massages and restorative experiences inspired by the local landscape. If you’re looking for something extra romantic, book the Suite Escape Package, which includes two nights in a Cottage Junior Suite or a Cottage Premiere One-Bedroom Suite for Valentine’s Day Weekend. Couples can expect to start their stay with champagne and chocolates, followed by a couples’ massage and gourmet dinner. A daily breakfast at Benicia’s kitchen completes your package, leaving you with less to plan and more time to enjoy each other’s company.
The resort also offers complimentary bicycles for exploring the area, morning yoga sessions, a free shuttle to Sonoma plaza, and a heated outdoor pool.
While Sonoma has plenty of acclaimed eateries to choose from, be sure to also dine at the resort’s Wit & Wisdom restaurant. The California-inspired menu from chef Michael Mina brings together fresh seafood and meat with favorites like handmade pasta and top local wines. Afterwards, indulge in dessert options like White Chocolate-Crème Fraîche Cake or Bohemian Creamery Cheese. If you’re visiting for Valentine’s Day, holiday specials are guaranteed to spice up an already diverse and innovative menu.
If you’re venturing outside of the resort for dinner, be sure to try Sante, a local restaurant with Californian and French flair. Sleek and sophisticated, the restaurant is located in the Fairmont Mission Inn & Spa, an upscale wellness destination. Entrees like Sweet Potato Ravioli and Mary’s Dry Aged Duck Breast are some of the menu’s highlights, along with the Tsar Nicoulai Caviar starter and the restaurant’s curated wine list- speaking of wine, Complimentary Corkage is offered on Mondays. Sante also offers a private, sunny dining room for larger celebrations.
For breakfast and brunch, stop by Baker & Cook, which offers outdoor dining and coffee in a casual atmosphere before you hit the shops. Spearheaded by Jen and Nick Demarest, the menu emphasizes local and sustainably sourced ingredients.
Located on Sonoma Plaza, the Sunflower Caffe is another great coffee, pastry, and healthy yet hearty brunch spot. The restaurant is located in one of Sonoma’s landmark historic homes and sources ingredients from around California.
Be sure to set aside an afternoon to visit Pangloss Cellars, a wine tasting destination on Sonoma Plaza. Complemented by sleek decor and comfy seating, the venue’s wine options are a reflection of the region’s rich vineyard history.
If you are traveling as a couple, consider booking one of the resort’s tailored packages to take your stay to the next level. The Stay, Soar & Savor Experience, for example, pairs your resort stay with local wine tasting and the thrill of a hot air balloon ride. The package includes a tour of Sangiacomo Family Wines vineyards, and a sunrise hot air balloon flight over the area.
As you enjoy your stay, don’t forget to leave a note in the resort’s Dream Wall. This unique installation invites guests to leave behind their hopes and thoughts on eco-friendly paper. Each paper is then turned into mulch and placed in the resort vineyard, where it becomes an organic part of the local landscape.
The Lodge at Sonoma is the perfect host for a couples getaway any time of year. The lodge grounds are especially inviting in the winter when cooler temperatures make your wine country stay even cozier- imagine retiring to your cottage after a day of spa treatments and gourmet meals to enjoy a local bottle of wine with your partner. With plenty to explore in the Sonoma region, the lodge is a romantic headquarters for everything from shopping and dining to the wine tastings and vineyard tours that define this corner of California.